The essence of being a Baha'i is to help humanity. We try to live up to that calling as we go about our daily lives. It provides a great sense of personal satisfaction and spiritual upliftment, and gives meaning and purpose to our lives.

This can start from childhood. Small-scale service projects often arise in Baha'i children’s classes when children explore ways to contribute to their family, school and community. For example, children from the Baha'i children's classes in South Perth raised funds for the WA Cancer Council by holding a "Kidz Cafe" for their family and friends.

Often Baha'i youth will decide to devote a year of their lives to a voluntary "youth year of service”. Many of them choose to help out in places ranging from remote Aboriginal communities to villages in the Pacific, inner suburbs of our cities, or the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel.

All Baha’is are encouraged by the sacred writings of our Faith to choose a career in which we can render service to the community. Paid and unpaid work performed in a spirit of service is ranked as a form of worship.

Many Baha'is volunteer to teach Baha’i classes in state schools or to run junior youth programs or to work with their neighbours in offering programs for the moral development of children. Others host devotional meetings or spiritual study circles.

Baha'is in the Northern Territory and Dubbo have received awards for their community service. Read more